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Aug 27, 2012 6:22 AM by Callie Eike - Q2 News

89-year-old Joliet man had one wish for his 90th birthday

JOLIET, MT-If you knew you were about to lose your sense of sight, how differently would you see the world and the way you look at things?

"Well, they just said it was getting worse and there was nothing they could do, and well I just have to accept it," said 89-year-old man Francis "Curly" Henning, who was diagnosed with Macular Degeneration.

Before he loses his vision completely, he set his sights on gathering all his friends and family in one very eye-catching event, his 90th birthday celebration.

"Some of them I haven't seen for 20 years I suppose," said Curly.

Curly took a good long look today at more than 100 people who he will always carry with him in his minds-eye down Memory lane.

"I wanted it to be special," said Curly.

A special gathering of family and friends today was definitely a sight to behold.

"To be able to see people is really important to him," said Curly's daughter Irene Plunar. "It's wonderful for him. He sees how many people he's touched in his lifetime, and 90 years is pretty special."

Today, Curly's wish came true.

"He'll remember this forever," said Plunar.


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